Master Data Science

Welcome to the website of the Data Science master program offered by the Department of Computer Science of RWTH Aachen University.

Data Science is a hot topic, which gains in importance as a cross-sectional topic almost everywhere including natural sciences, engineering, and medical science.

Data Science deals with the extraction of knowledge and usable information from data. The available data sets are often very large,
heterogeneous, and partially unreliable. Data Science is an interdisciplinary field with its roots in computer science, mathematics, and statistics and it has a strong link to various application areas.

The essential constituents of data science are data analysis and systems engineering.

Therefore, this course of study is going to convey modern methods of data analysis as well as algorithms and techniques for the development of information systems.

The students are provided the possibility of specialization within the framework of an application area:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Business Analytics
  • Computational Life Science
  • Computational Social Science
  • Physics

Key features of this master program

This master program

  • is a two-year (four semesters) program;
  • addresses especially but not only international students;
  • requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, physics or a closely related field from an internationally recognized university;
  • is completely offered in English (thus, no German language proficiency is required);
  • can be started in both winter and summer semester

The application for admission page informs about application deadlines, requirements, and process in more detail.

Please carefully read the information that is provided on this website including the frequently answered question (FAQ) before contacting RWTH Aachen University’s International Office or the Academic Advisor ( You might also be interested in general information about the Department of Computer Science of RWTH Aachen University and the Department of Computer Science’s chairs and institutes.


Career Prospects

Data-Science methods are used in a broad spectrum of applications in science and industry.

Data science gains increasing importance in the industry due to the desire and the need for utilizing the information that becomes available because of the comprehensive networking of terminal equipment – Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 – the widespread use of social networks and the availability of immense amounts of measurement, multimedia and simulation data. In addition to the companies from ICT, financial and service sectors, also „classical“ industrial companies look for graduates with this qualification profile.

Data Science is also a hot research topic, which gains in importance as a cross-sectional topic almost everywhere including natural sciences, engineering, and medical science.



The Master course of study in Data Science is offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics, and Computer Science.